#BookReview: The House by Simon Lelic

It’s my stop today on The House blog tour and I’m very happy to share with you my review.

What’s it about?

What if your perfect home turned out to be the scene of the perfect crime?

Londoners Jack and Syd moved into the house a year ago. It seemed like their dream home: tons of space, the perfect location, and a friendly owner who wanted a young couple to have it.

So when they made a grisly discovery in the attic, Jack and Syd chose to ignore it. That was a mistake.

Because someone has just been murdered. Right outside their back door.

And now the police are watching them…

My thoughts

I’ve got to admit a fab bit of marketing got me interested in this book; when you get a black envelope in the post with a key inside who isn’t going to be intrigued.

The first few chapters really did it for me in terms of the very unsettling feeling that it gave me – very cleverly crafted!  It was one of those books where I wanted it to scare and thrill me but when it did I didn’t like it..like a roller coaster, you know you’ll scream your head off but you will go back for more!

As I always do I thought I’d worked out what was going on quite early but then ended up being led down the garden path completely.  In all honesty, I think that’s why I didn’t rate the book higher; I was somewhat miffed.  To be fair to the author that’s more about my issue than his, but it did impact on my overall feeling and enjoyment of the book.  I had hoped it was going to more about The House rather than its inhabitants and all the orchestrations with the family and their history.

Abuse is at the heart of this novel and it doesn’t make for pleasant reading and quite often made me feel really uncomfortable which is a testament to the author’s writing in being able to convey that but the subject matter may not suit all readers.

Overall I loved the beginning, enjoyed the ending but hoped for something a little more in the middle.

Book links: Goodreads | Waterstones | Amazon

Author links: Twitter | Website

Small print for info
Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 400
Publisher: Penguin

Do look out for other reviews and content on The House tour!


  1. 9th September 2017 / 2:17 am

    Hi Lindsay! How does one get chosen to have their book reviewed on your blog?

      • 24th September 2017 / 5:35 pm

        Just tell me where to send it and what kind!

        • 1st October 2017 / 5:08 pm

          I appreciate that you would do that!! 🙂
          Please just drop me an email with your book’s details and I’ll take a look. Thanks

          • 1st October 2017 / 5:39 pm

            Will do!

  2. 16th September 2017 / 9:05 am

    I did not get the chance to get the key but I loved the writing style and how everything was set in this book. It made a very good read. I really regretted the fact the blurb was giving away too much in my opinion, and I totally see your point about the house not being a character in the end. It’s more about who’s inside… Great review!

    • 24th September 2017 / 4:20 pm

      I hate it when the blurb basically outlines everything you’re gonna read…..booooooo! Let us read the book and discover for ourselves!

  3. 13th October 2017 / 5:53 pm

    I read this recently and thought it started off well in terms of tension but somewhere in the middle it dissipated – there was a lot more than author could have done to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

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